ELLSWORTH – Winona Mitchell Dennison, 86, died Aug. 19, 2012, in Ellsworth, after a brief illness. She was born July 18, 1926, in Harrington, the daughter of Everett A. and Helena (Shaw) Mitchell.
Winona “Noni” graduated from Harrington High School and then attended Normal School for three years and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maine at Machias. She taught in Maine schools from Jacksonville to Howland and for the last 15 years before her retirement at C.C. Knowlton School, Ellsworth. Winona enjoyed playing clarinet in her high school and college bands. She operated a preschool in her home while her own daughter was young and she was happily married to Wayne R. Dennison for more than 66 years. In retirement Noni enjoyed gardening and genealogy. She compiled many photo albums which became pictorial family histories, dating back to before the Revolutionary War. She was a member of First Congregational Church of Ellsworth and Maine Teachers Association.
Winona is survived by her husband, Wayne R. Dennison; sons, John W. Dennison of Bridgton and Ellsworth, and James W. Dennison of Bar Harbor and Scottsdale, Ariz.; daughter, Jane E. Butler and husband, Walter, of Bar Harbor; grandchildren, Sarah W. Dennison of Burlington, Vt., Joshua E. Dennison of Harpswell, Emily and Christopher Butler, both of Bar Harbor; nieces, Stephanie D. Larrabee and husband, Gene, of Machias, Jean D. Schors and husband, Denis, of Whiting and Donna D. Danforth and family of East Machias; nephew, Bruce Dennison and wife, Susan; sister-in-law, Laura Dennison of Whiting; and brother-in-law, Roy Dennison Jr. and wife, Phyllis, of Wesley. She was predeceased by a brother, Everett Mitchell Jr.
A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at First Congregational Church of Ellsworth with Pastor Nick Davis officiating. Interment will be at Woodbine Cemetery. Gifts in Winona’s memory may be made to First Congregational Church, P.O. Box 12, Ellsworth, ME 04605. Arrangements are by Jordan-Fernald, Ellsworth. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.